tree peony or tree paeony
- available to order from summer
- 2 litre pot
This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moisture-retentive yet well-drained
- Rate of growth: vigorous
- Flowering period: April to May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Incredibly bright and vibrant, the slightly ruffled petals of this gorgeous tree peony are arranged around a golden boss of stamens. They form large, bowl-shaped (sometimes scented) flowers, which can grow up to 15cm across.
This tree paeonia is between 1 and 2 years old. It has been field grown and was immediately potted up in late autumn into a 2 litre pot. It may not have a well developed root system just yet (hence we describe them as bareroot), so you should not worry if the soil falls away when planting out.
- Garden care: Protect from cold winds and early morning sun. Support the branches of young shrubs with canes to prevent the massive flowerheads from being battered by rain. Tree peonies are hungry feeders, so ensure that container-grown specimens receive a top-dressing of a slow-release fertiliser in spring. In the border apply a top-dressing of a balanced, slow-release fertiliser around the base of the plant in early spring and mulch with well-rotted garden compost or manure. The older stems of tree peonies have a tendency to become brittle and snap, so cut these back to the ground in autumn every two or three years.